The Green Bay Packers’ final selection in the NFL Draft (No. 230) followed the same logic as most of the team’s other picks since the first round – that is to say, no logic existed. The Packers selected C.J. Wilson, a defensive end from East Carolina.
On the surface you have to question why the Packers selected a second defensive lineman in this year’s draft – the team selected Purdue defensive end Mike Neal in the second round – when the defensive line is one of the team’s strengths. If you dig a little deeper, you’d have to question why the Packers would select a defensive end who played in the 4-3 system, when they run a 3-4.
Yup, that’s right. Wilson was a 4-3 defensive end and he doesn’t look like the kind of guy the Packers can turn into a 3-4 outside linebacker. Wilson is 6-3, 290, which is a bit on the large size for a rush linebacker.
So that begs the question – where the hell does this guy fit in? The short answer is, right now, he doesn’t.
Wilson will either have to bulk up to play defensive end in the 3-4 or, most likely, slim down to try his hand at outside linebacker. On the positive side, Wilson is described as a strong, tough player who possesses the intangibles.
Here’s NFL.com’s analysis of Wilson.
Wilson is a productive, versatile defender who has lined up at different spots along the line. He is an instinctive player who has shown good edge quickness and speed when rushing the passer. Possesses natural range in pursuit. Displays impressive hand-use toughness. Is highly competitive with a good motor.
Wilson only exhibits average lateral agility and doesn’t appear comfortable playing in space. Needs to become more consistent with his pad level. At this time, he only possesses a limited pass-rush package. Needs to improve his counter rush moves.